LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 5305

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45305 running along Britain's only preserved double-track railway.

London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5305 (British Railways no. 45305) is a preserved British steam locomotive. In preservation, it has carried the name Alderman A.E. Draper, though it never carried this in service.

Service[edit]

5305 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, works No 1360. It spent most of its career based in North-West England. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered it as 45305.

45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways. It was even a candidate for the well known Fifteen Guinea Special which ran on 11 August 1968 but on the night before the trip it was failed with a collapsed firebox brick arch and had to be replaced by engine 45110. 45305 was withdrawn from service at Lostock Hall shed in August of the same year.

Preservation[edit]

45305 was sold to scrap merchants Albert Drapers and Sons Ltd. of Hull. No.5305 became the last locomotive on the scrap line of Drapers of Hull, who broke up 742 former BR locomotives. No.5305 was to have been the 743rd and last, but the scrapyard's owner, Albert Draper, decided to save one of the yard's locomotives for posterity, and have it restored to full running order. He eventually chose 45305, simply because it was the cleanest engine in the yard, but nevertheless, the engine was saved.

Albert Draper was, at the time, the president of Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Football Club, and it was his fond wish that No.5305 would one day head a special train from Hull to Wembley, where he hoped the club would be playing in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

No.5305 was put in the care of the Humberside Locomotive Preservation Group and based at Hull Dairycoates MPD where it was eventually brought up to full main line standard.

5305, restored to original LMS livery was steamed again in 1976. In 1984, 5305 was named Alderman A E Draper by the Mayor of Hedon, Bill Tong. A.E. Draper was twice Mayor of Hedon and the Hedon coat of arms is on the nameplates. However, for reasons of authenticity, the engine does not always carry these nameplates.

In the 1986 season 5305 worked over the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, continuing the class's particular association with Scotland.

The locomotive left Hull Dairycoates in April, 1992 on the closure of that shed, first moving to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, running there until its ten year boiler certificate expired in December 1994. In 1996, the engine left the KWVR, first moving to RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire, and then to the preserved Great Central Railway at Loughborough in Leicestershire, arriving there on 20th November, 1996. Following a full overhaul at Loughborough works, the engine returned to service in August 2003, this time in BR guise as 45305.

After suffering buffer beam damage in early 2006, 5305 spent 2006 in use at the GCR before being withdrawn for repairs, which were completed in October 2010. 5305 has now returned to service complete with a new 10 year boiler ticket and renewed mainline certificate.

In 2013, 5305 worked the Liverpool to Longsight and return leg of the Fifteen Guinea Special to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ending of steam on British Railways on Sunday 11 August 1968. This trip also allowed the ghost of 1968 to finally be put to rest as 45305 had been due to haul that special but was replaced by 45110 the night before the trip due to a collapsed firebox brick arch.

The locomotive is still owned by the Draper Family of Hull, but is now looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association, the successor to the Humberside Locomotive Preservation Group, and while the engine does visit other heritage railways when not out on the mainline, including visits back to the KWVR in 2013 and 2014, and visits to the North Norfolk Railway in September 2011 and 2014, the GCR remains its heritage railway base.

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